Gilbert and George are two artists based in London, who work together as an artistic duo. They became known in the late 1960s as ‘living sculptures’, dressing in similar tweed suits and doing everything together. Life and art were inseparable. In 1975, on the occasion of a show in Düsseldorf, they commissioned Richter to make a portrait of them. Richter made eight paintings in all, using superimposed photographs of the duo in order to suggest their inseparable mutually beneficial identity.